Forty plus agricultural vendors, live music from three bands, local breweries, wineries, and distilleries, food trucks, farm demonstrations, a Harvest Fest Hike, wagon rides, and plenty of tasty food will all be available at the third Adirondack Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 15, at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Admission to the Fairgrounds and parking are free.
“A pre-festival Harvest Fest Hike begins at 10 a.m.,” said Chris Maron, Executive Director of Champlain Area Trails. “The 5 mile hike goes from the Essex County Fairgrounds to the new Viall's Crossing Trail, on to Hemlock Hill Trail and Woods & Swale Trail before circling back to Westport and the Fairgrounds. By then you'll have worked up an appetite and have all the wonderful vendors at the Harvest festival to choose from for lunch - and there's great food!"
The day of fun, music, plenty of good food and locally crafted beer at the Fairgrounds opens at 12 noon. A region-wide Farmers’ Market will display the valley’s harvest with over 40 regional agricultural vendors, including cheese-makers, meat & sausage producers, vegetable growers, brewers, vintners and distilleries. Two of the region’s popular breweries, Ausable Brewing and Livingood’s Brewery, will serve in the beer tent; while enticing aromas emanate from Northern Feast, Full Cord Pizza, and Lomeli's Mexican Food truck. There will be plenty of dessert: ice cream sundaes and banana splits by 4-H; ice cream and pie by DaCy Meadow Farm; maple soft ice cream and milkshakes from the Parker Family Farm. Hid-in-Pines Vineyard and the distilleries will offer samples of their beverages. Alice's Fault, Ploughman’s Lunch and The Steady Benders will provide live music from beginning to end.
Exhibits and farm demonstrations will be shown inside and outside of Floral Hall throughout the day, with demonstrations including cider pressing, bee keeping, building a wood-fired oven, quick homemade Mozzarella, at home vegetable fermentation, flax processing, "Excuses for Zucchini", and sheep shearing. Country Dreams is providing wagon rides, and there will be a wonderful exhibit of antique tractors. Also on the Fairgrounds, the Northern Adirondack Equestrian Club is holding horse shows starting at 11 a.m., and Agility Dogs of the Adirondacks an Agility Show throughout the day.
Entry to the Harvest Festival is free; food and drinks will be sold directly by the vendors. For the hike there is a suggested donation of $20 per person (under 18 and students are free). All proceeds from the hike go to the Viall's Crossing Conservation and Trail Project. You can pre-register for the hike at http://www.champlainareatrails.com or register when the hike begins. For more festival information, go to Adirondack Harvest website or Adirondack Harvest Festival's Facebook page.